Registration Deadline: The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to Election Day
Party Affiliation: You may declare your party affiliation at the polls when you go to vote in your first primary election. After that, you may change your party affiliation 55 days before a primary election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years old by the next election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of the county for 30 days before the election
Mental Competency: New Jersey has not mental competency standards in regards to voting.
Felony Convictions: Rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation
ID Requirements: In order to register you must provide:
-NJ driver's license number;
-MVC Non-driver ID number;
-Last four numbers of your social security number;
If you have none of the above you must provide a COPY of a current and valid photo ID, or a document with your name and current address on it to avoid having to provide identification at the polling place.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Download the statewide English form or download alternate languages or county specific forms.
In person: Applications for registration can be obtained from the Division of Elections, the Commissioners of Registration office in the County where you live or from your Municipal Clerk. Registration forms are also available at Division of Motor Vehicle offices. You can also register to vote at the same time you are applying for assistance or service at the following agencies:
-New Jersey Medical Assistance and Health Services Program
-WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant & Children)
-Work First New Jersey Programs
-Division of Developmental Disabilities
-Office of Disability Services - Department of Human Services - Public Offices
-Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Offices
-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Department of Labor
-Commission of the Blind & Visually Impaired
-County Welfare Agency or County Board of Social Services
By mail/ in writing: You can also print a registration application and after entering required data, mail it to the Commissioners of Registration office in the county where you reside. In addition, this form can be used for name and address changes.
By fax: The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form since an original signature is required.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: New Jersey voter registration verification
Phone: Contact the Commissioner's of Election Office
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: No excuse is needed to vote vote by mail (absentee voting).
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Download a county specific vote by mail application.
In person: A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the elections
By mail: Mail your applications to your Commissioners of Registration office.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters can vote by mail-in ballots or the Federal Post Card Application(FPCA). More information for Military and Overseas Voters available here.
Emergency Voting: If you become sick or confined on election day, an authorized messenger, either a family member or registered voter of the county, must get a court order to obtain a vote by mail ballot from the county clerk. The authorized messenger should bring to court a completed vote by mail ballot application. The authorized messenger shall be a family member or a registered voter of the county in which the application is made and shall place his signature on the application in the space so provided in the presence of the County Clerk or his designee. This can be obtained from the County Clerk. If a ballot is issued for you please remember that the completed ballot must be delivered to the County Board of Elections before 8 p.m. on election day or it will not be counted.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Your vote by mail ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available through vote by mail and vote by mail in person
Verifying Registration: New Jersey voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. New Jersey state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Polling Place: New Jersey polling place finder
ID Requirements:If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.
Identification may include, but not limited to, Any Current and Valid Photo ID:
- Driver’s license
- Student or job ID
- Military or other government ID
- Store membership ID
- United States passport
- Bank statement
- Car registration
- Government check or document
- Non-photo driver’s license
- Rent receipt
- Sample ballot
- Utility bill
- or any other official document
How to Vote: Voter Rights and Accessibility Information
Getting your vote counted: View your Voter bill of Rights.
Problems with voting: Report accessibility concerns here. Report other problems to your Commissioners of Registration.
Verifying provisional ballot status: After the election, you can call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected. Or contact your commissioner of elections.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local Commissioner of Elections for more information.